trans boys want the same things as any other boys growing up. I was no
different. I liked being outside and getting dirty and I wouldn’t be surprised
if I’d have broken records for wearing through the knees of my jeans. I’m
pretty sure I mastered that challenge with a record time of less than two weeks
to wear holes in at least one of the knees. Oh, and the patches that my mom
sewed on them usually “fell off” in even less time than that! Everyone knows
that cowboys do not wear patches on their jeans!
This TEDx talk by Dr. Sarah Garwood, co-director of the Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, was part of the TEDxRitenour program this past January. Take a few minutes to watch this important and moving presentation.
When I was a kid everyone assumed I was a tomboy. I played by myself much of the time because I hated playing the girly games. I had the most fun doing my own thing – which often involved finding what appeared to others to be the most “tomboy” activity I could find. If I couldn’t be a boy, at least I could act like one. This was easiest to do when I could be outside and even more so when I got to visit my grandparents’ farm. Sometimes revisiting our past reminds us that who we’ve become may not be all that far from where we began.
Recently I had the honor of being asked to create a finished piece of art live as part of the TEDx RitenourRoad event in St. Louis. I chose transgender and transition as the focus of the mixed media painting. Raffle tickets were sold during the event and at the end of the night a ticket was drawn and the painting presented to the winning ticket holder. Funds from the ticket sales were donated to support TransParentStl and the good work they do working with trans youth.